WTKA Roundtable 12/7/2017: Hey You Should Know Something

December 7, 2017

He’s a pinhead. He’s a small-minded, grouchy…he’s a great coach.

WTKA cover 12-7-17

Things discussed:

  • Shea Patterson: Game is like Baker Mayfield, but this is a different offense and writing off Peters to beat him out is silly. Also silly: concern trolling from rival fanbases.
  • Craig compares him to 1970s Vikings, also Jim Harbaugh
  • Sam feels good with Patterson and Van Jefferson. The safety, Anderson, could be the biggest impact one. Sam thought Michigan had Jefferson on signing day (yeah go ahead and read into that).
  • Sparties gonna Spart: we feel bad for the Outback in East Lansing.
  • South Carolina preview: dink and dunk offense that dies against elite defenses (hello!).
  • Arizona State University and Vice President of Football Operations Herm Edwards unveiled plans for a restructured ASU football New Leadership Model approach using a general manager structure. ASU is a a collaborative approach to managing the ASU football program that includes sport and administrative divisions, which will operate as distinct, but collective units focused on elevating all aspects of the department to form a multi-layered method to the talent evaluation and recruiting processes, increase its emphasis on both student-athlete and coach development and retention, and provide a boost in resource allocation and generation.
  • Is Michigan’s offense complicated? Auburn’s Wing-T system is a ton of motion and frippery to make something very simple look complicated. Michigan is sort of like that.
  • Hoops talk: ideas for PG and the four? MAAR, Brooks, Poole at 1-2-3 and put Mathews at the four. Beilein offenses can’t handle a PG who won’t shoot.
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WTKA Roundtable 11/30/2017: Quarterback Depth is Important, People

November 30, 2017

Everybody else on the field has visible, public accountability.

WTKA cover 11-30-17

Things discussed:

  • A one-possession game
  • The quarterback play: Inability to execute on pass plays that were open was the difference. O’Korn took sacks he didn’t need to.
  • Harbaugh schemed guys open.
  • J.T. Barrett completed just two passes in this game; Hudson got one bust on a Cover 2—complaints of man all day are unfounded.
  • They got THE STOP they needed; offense just needed to score on the two chances to win the game the defense game them. But okay, the defense didn’t give them a third chance.
  • Metellus on the drag on K.J. Hill: why is that not LaVert (in fairness he gave up one to K.J. as well)
  • The slot corner stuff on the secondary was bad luck; looking back against expectations they were exceptional. QBs caveat.
  • Next year’s defense looks really good. Put Aubrey in Hurst’s spot, find a linebacker and some depth and let’s goooooo.
  • Speight transfer: kind of a surprise, implies McCaffrey is pretty good, he thinks he’s even with Peters. Idea that Harbaugh had anything to do with it is laughable.
  • Brian thinks it’s justified for Michigan to restrict his transfer to teams we don’t play next year (no Rutgers, Indiana, etc.)
  • Defenses as good as Michigan’s have been drawing a lot more holding calls. Michigan got boned a lot on this game and vs. Wisconsin. Florida was the best officiating we got all year (and they screwed M out of a TD and called Khalid Hill for illegal downfield. Opinion: get professional referees!
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MGoPodcast 9.13: A Very Brady Hoke Well

November 26, 2017

Sometimes I think we should run for political office just to see what the opposition research comes up with.

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This was recorded at the Residence Inn Ann Arbor in one of their TEN conference rooms.

We Couldn’t Have One Without the Other

We can do this because people support us. You should support them too so they’ll want to do it again next year! The show is presented by UGP & The Bo Store, and if it wasn’t for Rishi and Ryan we’d be sighing to ourselves.

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Offense

starts at 1:00

We sympathize and agree with John O’Korn. Chris Evans coming out party: loved the motion stuff they did with him and Higdon on the field. Option routes are confirmed in the most horrific way imaginable. What a brilliant gameplan.

Defense

starts at 17:57 

Valiant effort followed by a late fade when all hope is lost, as predicted. Hudson and Gary payoffs. Rampant first quarter, Gary went out to give them a hole. Man defense got burned when Barrett broke contain or when Khaleke missed an RPO assignment. Some pretty bad officiating, injury to Kinnel. Metellus got beat on drag routes—that’s a speed issue and concerning.

State of the Program Feels

starts at 28:14

Outlook for Brian ever getting an ad read right is bad. Outlook for the team next year is good. Defense loses Hurst, which is big, but they have a lot of highly rated bullets. Would have liked to see more from the freshman linebackers in the running to replace McCray. Secondary isn’t as starry but everyone’s back and they’ll be better than good. Offense loses the fullbacks and Cole, returns Peters, the RBs, the WRs, the TEs, and three good interior linemen. Can they find some tackles?

Around the Big Ten with Jamie Mac

starts at 56:31

We play match the blowout score to the Big Ten end-of-year rivalry blowout. Anything to say about these various hilarious blowouts? Wow Nebraska. Rutgers asked everyone to leave the stadium and use the porta-potties. Playoff implications of the two teams Michigan just lost to. Coaching searches.

MUSIC:

  • “How Soon is Now?”—The Smiths
  • “Why Is It So Hard?”—Charles Bradley & Menahan Street Band
  • “Beacon Hill”—The Rural Alberta Advantage
  • “Across 110th Street”

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MGoRadio 3.11: What Are Your British Qualities?

November 24, 2017

MGoRadio3.11

I have a deep and everlasting pit of ennui that has infused me. That’s true but you’re highly analytical.

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1. Wisconsin After UFR

starts at 1:00

Whatchya going to do? Peters was fine, not great. The power run offense couldn’t do to T.J. Edwards and co. what it could to the pushovers we faced the last three weeks. O’Korn is who he is. Significant problems with line calls looked worse than normal, Wisconsin’s defense has something to do with that. Expect Ruiz to be an upgrade next year since the 5th year center isn’t getting the line calls any better than a true sophomore should.

2. Brian’s Hawaiian Hoops Podcast

starts at 19:58

The LSU loss was only mildly catastrophic: not a bad game, explainable since their little PG was going off. A bad result however because of its outsized effect on Michigan’s schedule, which needed some big games out of this tournament. Speaking of point guard…euh. MAAR is basically the PG right now; can we get something out of Poole?

3. The Game wsg Greg Dooley

starts at 43:02

1964 Michigan football captain Jim Conley is in the store with us, so while Seth talked to Jim about the biggest badasses in Michigan history, the podcasters have to listen to Greg Dooley about the history of the 1950 Game, when Oosterbaan out-punted Ohio State in a snowstorm. This led to Woody Hayes. A lot of talking about other things.

4. Ohio State Preview wsg Seth Fisher

starts at 1:10:10

O’Korn versus this defense is not recommended. Tiny house hunters. British things. Something about colons.

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MUSIC:

If you or a friend made some good tunes and don't have a label out scrubbing for them we'd be happy to feature you. These were all bands of Dan Roehrig:

  • “Over”—Brad's Dead Fish
  • “Spare Change”—Final Cue
  • “Wealthy St. Anne”—Daniel Roehrig
  • “Across 110th Street”

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MGoPodcast 9.12: [Audible Sigh]

November 19, 2017

What was your mom doing, was she up in Ace’s mentions?

mgopodcast 9.12

This was recorded at the Residence Inn Ann Arbor in one of their TEN conference rooms.

We Couldn’t Have One Without the Other

We can do this because people support us. You should support them too so they’ll want to do it again next year! The show is presented by UGP & The Bo Store, and if it wasn’t for Rishi and Ryan we’d be sighing to ourselves.

Our other sponsors are also key to all of this: HomeSure LendingPeak Wealth ManagementAnn Arbor Elder Law, the Residence Inn Ann Arbor Downtown, the University of Michigan Alumni AssociationMichigan Law Grad,Human ElementLantana Hummus and new this week introducing Ecotelligent Homes

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Offense

starts at 1:00

The Big Ten thing happened. Excuse! Michigan really had this game until Hornibrook started dropping dimes one drive. Hornibrook just does thought: he throws into coverage all the time. Newsome injury counterfactuals: there is no worse injury for this team than a two-year one to a left tackle. What was with the empty wildcat formation? A lot of youth.

Defense

starts at 24:30 

Held up until Hornibrook made his perfect throws, some terrible pass interference calls went against them. Held Taylor in check until the game was pretty much over. JKP didn’t have the speed to keep up with an outside receiver; he wasn’t Lavert Hill. This defense’s weakness is inch-perfect balls that are caught with one hand. When’s the last time Michigan got a break against a non-Indiana or Northwestern? Under the Lights. Sheeeesh.

Special Teams and Don’t @ Me, Mom

starts at 39:12

When you’re in a 1950s game rules apply on 4th and 6 but Michigan has to stop putting those in the end zone. The PR touchdown was just a total fluke due to an uncalled penalty. What would it be like if Brian unmuted everybody? Ace dreads the 90 people who write him saying “must” and “can’t” and “gotta” and “unacceptable.”

Around the Big Ten with Jamie Mac

starts at 56:38

These games were all terrible and would have looked worse if anyone had watched Nebraska score 20 points after the game was turn-offable. Ohio State versus Non-directional Illinois. Brian argues with a person who’s not there about Scott Frost. Brian Lewerke completed 2 passes. Justin Jackson has 31 carries for 166 yards. Kirk Ferentz makes the correct decision to go for two early, confounding Matt Millen. We can find a reason to watch Iowa-Nebraska, even though Mom already got called out.

MUSIC:

  • “The High Road”—Broken Bells
  • “Hurt”—Kermit the Frog
  • “How it ends”—DeVotchka
  • “Across 110th Street”

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MGoRadio 3.10: A Couple Wild Nights in Windsor

November 17, 2017

So he walks in there and we’re just whizzin’ away, as one does, and he’s like gentlemen? And we’re like “coach.”

MGoRadio3.10

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1. Maryland After UFR

starts at 1:00

Officials are worse than the players—Michigan got away with plenty of them. Offense things: Ruiz was again fine on the line. Peters missed a few things that we’d like him to be seeing. Blocking was over the Mendoza line and most of that was Gentry. Maryland caveat though. Spanellis keeps caving dudes—trust the wordy dude.

2. Twisted Blue Steel: The Bo Memorial wsg Steve “Dr. Sap” Sapardanis

starts at 24:26

We tell some great stories of Michigan history, like the time Dr. Sap and John Kryk broke into the coaches’ office to meet Bo in the bathroom. Bo hated Woody when he played for him, Bo’s players hated Bo—Bo was a needler. Harbaugh knew Michigan’s field goal record when Sap kicked a 55-yarder.

3. Brian’s Basketball Podcast

starts at 40:53

“Sir, if they were, they were at least seven inches…” that is not at all how the joke was written. The Teske’ing. We don’t think we’re going to miss Donnal. Gotta figure out the point guard and the scoring pecking order—Matthews might have been but he’s not been asserting himself much. Duncan’s hitting at the Duncan clip. Ace finds encouragement in this…don’t pay attention to the thruck. Defense is doing fine.

4. Wisconsin Preview wsg Seth Fisher

starts at 1:02:30

Meet the Badgers, just like the Badgers, who are just like the old Badgers, who are a warped version of Michigan. They are the platonic ideal of a 3-4 defense opposite a quintessential power offense. Their third string walk-on linebacker is really good. Brian has aerodynamic problems with the hoodie cornerback. Wisconsin is good at playing Big Ten football. Want to clarify it’s hoodie guy we hate and NOT Todd Howard whom we love.

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MUSIC:

If you or a friend made some good tunes and don't have a label out scrubbing for them we'd be happy to feature you. Tonight we featured Grand Gesture songs “Hey Okay”, “King of Cups”, and “Oh Tomorrow.”

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WTKA Roundtable 11/16/2017: Holy Holy Pants Man

November 16, 2017

Never assume malice when you can whatever incompetence etcetera.

WTKA cover 11-16-17

Things discussed:

  • You gotta be multiple: Michigan ran a lot more zone this week. Chris Evans is getting good at it
  • Defensive breakdowns: when you play an aggressive defense one guy not getting his assignment gives up a big play.
  • How good is Wisconsin? They can’t pass, the defense is shutting down bad offenses well, the running game is overpowering bad defenses. The health of the center and the safety matter muchly. Mirror images of each other: who can hit harder?
  • Craig: Jonathan Taylor is better than Saquon Barkley.
  • Wisconsin ain’t played nobody!
  • They have a never-ending pile of linebackers. Better tight ends. Brian hates the hoodie-wearing cornerback because it’s not aerodynamic (and he was grabbing Simmie Cobbs like crazy).
  • Big Ten conspiracy to make the Badgers a playoff team? Don’t encourage Craig. Also do you realize how incompetent the Big Ten refs are, and now you’re going to task these yahoos with believably fixing a game too?

 

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MGoPodcast 9.11: We Have to Inform the People

November 12, 2017

mgoblog | Michigan football, basketball, hockey, and general what-have-you

Hipster blogger is like oh I live in Flatbush. I live in Flatbush and my name is like Choir—what’s his name Core? Coresiki Bo Bo Bo Bo Bo Bo—anyway Gentry got an open touchdown.

mgoblog | Michigan football, basketball, hockey, and general what-have-you

This was recorded at the Residence Inn Ann Arbor in one of their TEN conference rooms.

We Couldn’t Have One Without the Other

We can do this because people support us. You should support them too so they’ll want to do it again next year! The show is presented by UGP & The Bo Store, and if it wasn’t for Rishi and Ryan we’d be talking to ourselves.

Our other sponsors are also key to all of this: HomeSure Lending, Peak Wealth Management, Ann Arbor Elder Law, the Residence Inn Ann Arbor Downtown, the University of Michigan Alumni Association, Michigan Law Grad,Human Element, Lantana Hummus and new this week introducing Ecotelligent Homes

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Offense

starts at 1:00

That 3rd Q gave us something to complain about. Ground game was effective despite LBs screaming into gaps at the snap. Worst UFR experience: Denard vs Indiana. Higdon and Evans are good backs. Offset draw came back. Zone too. Injuries...collar pull. Not the game to ding up Higdon and Gary.

Defense

starts at 24:30

Defense: Maryland got some edge things. Brand would be a player if he was 6'2. Uche moving Prince, stealing McCray's screen picksix. Hudson gets a Eurostep blocked punt. Are any complaints valid? Defense got a little gashed vs an offense like Ohio State. Everyone got put to sleep by this game, including Ace.

Ace’s Hockey Podcast and Brian’s Basketball Podcast

starts at 39:12

Four Minnesota-Michigan hockey games a year makes all of the griping over the Big Ten realignment worthwhile. Quality win bonus for this weekend is going to help them on the tournament bubble. Quinn Hughes is fun, thinks he’s hockey Denard. Marody we underrated.

Beginning wasn’t good—once Wagner woke up things went better. Livers can hold up but he’s not bumping Robinson out of there—might round into a defender later this year. Runner runner jumper.

Around the Big Ten with Jamie Mac

starts at 56:38

Jamie hadn’t heard the news so you get to hear him get the news: Cajun Hoke vs. Real Hoke is happening. Everybody gets a win over Illinois. Huskers give up a ton of yards to Demry “Who needs a mesh point?” Croft: Iowa couldn’t move the ball on Wisconsin after, you know. Michigan State are who they are: another 6-6 team that gets lucky but when it’s dry out they get shredded by Ohio State. Penn State was down 6-0 to Rutgers. The Justin Jacksoniest game ever.

MUSIC:

  • “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Theme Song”
  • “Poets”—The Tragically Hip
  • “Rocky Top Kazoo”—Candice Brooke Norman
  • “Across 110th Street”

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MGoRadio 3.9: You Can Feel Very Smart Beating a Seven Year Old at Chess

November 10, 2017

And then you're tyring to hum my humps to your grandma. And for a multitude of reasons that is not optimal.

SPONSORS!

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1. Minnesota After UFR

starts at 1:00

You should probably block Khaleke Hudson. Minnesota’s approach to this game was bad. Not baffling—they were recycling ideas that worked once each for Penn State and Rutgers. Just…bad. It was bad. Offense things: JBB is obviously a good power blocker; when the offense was going to be a spread-to-Speight outfit in the offseason he probably was too bad at pass pro to be viable. Nice to see the running backs now picking up the subtleties of power running.

2. Hoops Preview LET’S GOOOOOOO

starts at 20:58

Who’s our point guard? Guessing Simmons will end up there, but it’s weird to go into a season without that spot settled—when was the last time that was true? Charles Matthews is the guy they trust to isolate and crate his own shot. MAAR’s usage up this year? Rebounding misses Derrick Walton; Moe Wagner knows he has to start grabbing boards to make the NBA. Teske is now Big Nasty (up from Big Sleep). Duncan Robinson is a coach out there. He might be the best shooter in the country; he might be the worst defender too.

3. Gimmicky Top Five: Thoughts About Board Games

starts at 44:50

We welcome special guest Reid McCarthy from Ann Arbor Elder Law to call Brian to task for calling out Settlers of Catan. This becomes a segment on all the board games we love and hate, and just put together once and thought it was cool but never actually played before losing a piece and now it’s worthless no YOUR childhood was ruined by MouseTrap. Also Brian realizes 5 minutes into talking about Wizards of the Coast buying out Dungeons and Dragons that he just went deeper into nerdiness than even this blog is comfortable with.

4. Maryland Preview w—once again relegated to—sg Seth Fisher

starts at 1:12:35

At least they have an excuse for their quarterback play. THE BORTENSCHLAGER experience might be over in favor of 5’11” Air Force kid. It’ll be like the Rutgers game but not the Minnesota game, basically. Come to me you precious easy passing yards. Come to meeeeeeeee.

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MUSIC:

If you or a friend made some good tunes and don't have a label out scrubbing for them we'd be happy to feature you. Tonight we return to the considerably more ravey stylings of WILSON, featuring his tracks “Roll on Your Wave”, “World Class”, and “In the Meantime” Also “Across 110th Street”.

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WTKA Roundtable 11/9/2017: The Capron Conspiracy

November 9, 2017

They're supposed to have 65 defensive ends who are all 1st round draft picks.

Things discussed:

  • Craig discovers a ref who’s been screwing Michigan for 114 years.
  • What-ifs: Lew Alcindor, Antonio Bass
  • Minnesota’s secondary was all kinds of out of position—not a good test.
  • Is inside zone dead and buried? No, but this is a power team now because the guard play, and JBB is moving dudes.
  • Once Michigan has a passing game, they’ll be able to really punish guys like Wisconsin’s 2nd corner, who got toasted by Simmie Cobbs.
  • Khaleke Hudson’s big day; Winovich would like to know where his stats went.
  • Is Michigan backing off Ohio? Michigan is recruiting Michigan and treating the rest of the U.S. as the rest of the U.S. No approach is all upside.
  • What happened in Iowa City? Penn State and Michigan State have bad pass defenses that have been sheltered by the Big Ten.
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